Bulldawg Support Network

What is the Bulldawg Support Network?

We are a network of peer supporters at the College of Veterinary Medicine. We have volunteered, because we have either experienced and suffered from stress, anxiety, or depression, ourselves, or because others already recognize us as empathetic listeners. We have undergone training on recognizing signs of anxiety and depression, and we are familiar with campus and community resources. WE ARE NOT COUNSELORS, but we can serve as a kind ear and point you in the right direction. If you need a counselor, please contact Stevie Stigler, if you are a veterinary or graduate student, or make an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University Health Center. If you are not a student, click here for community resources.

Why do we need a peer support network?

Veterinary medicine and biomedical research are stressful fields. We all work very hard, put a lot of pressure on ourselves, and don’t do a very good job of taking care of ourselves, because the animals and the research get put first. Our full schedules make it hard to take time out to go seek counseling. We have peer supporters at both CVM locations, and you can schedule a time to meet that is convenient for you.

Who are we and how do you find us?

We are composed of volunteers from ALL populations of the CVM. To find a peer supporter in your population, look for your group description. You may also seek help from a supporter who is not in your peer group, if you wish. If you need immediate help, you can also look for our decal on office doors.

For a list of trained peer supporters, choose from the following:

Volunteer List

How do I volunteer to be a peer supporter?

Please contact Dr. Kaori Sakamoto at kaoris@uga.edu, if you are interested in training to be a peer supporter.

Last modified on February 26, 2016